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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 04-16-2014, 06:58 PM Thread Starter
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Sudden fights between dogs

hey guys, my friend whos has 3 dogs, Rex(11 month Male GSD), Kale (10 month Male rot) and Athena 1 year ( Female GSD)

A few weeks back Rex started showing signs of aggressive such as toy aggression. Now it has become worst to the point where Rex just randomly come forward to Kale/Athena and will start a fight. Kale and Rex fight more for some reason and they have scars and such. It strange because they grew up together. My friend is thinking of re-homing rex because of this issue.
Any help to solve this problem would be great!

Rex and Kale: Not netrued
Athena : is spayed
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Without knowing more info, your friend has two intact male dogs of strong working backgrounds. They are going through "puberty" becoming adults. Fights are not surprising at all. In fact this sounds like a situation that is bound to have a horrific outcome.

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Leerburg Dog Training | Dealing with the Dominant Dog

He'll need this if he can't get the above worked out:
Leerburg | How to Break Up a Dog Fight Without Getting Hurt!

Best solution is to rehome one of the males. The fact that he has these three dogs this close in age says alot and none of it is good!

They need to understand the info in the links and 'then" hire a trainer or rehome some dogs..not looking good here!
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Yupp, dump the one with the problems. That will solve it, for the owner anyway.

Three young dogs, too bad there wasn't any planning involved, and the dogs are the ones that will suffer.

It is probably better to rehome the troublemaker soon. If he keeps him, then he will probably have drop three senior dogs at the shelter in quick succession, when they start being troublesome with their vet bills.

If people want to keep multiple young dogs, they have to be a leader, and be prepared to train them, and manage them. Usually male/female is fine, and usually male/male is fine, but male/male/female (spayed or not), or female/female can be very tricky.

I am not sure how you can help your friend. If he has asked for advice, then I think maybe the best thing to do is to point him to training classes, NILIF to improve his leadership, discuss managing the dogs better, and maybe neutering both boys. It usually won't help behavioral issues, but it can take some of the male-male crap because they will now not be producing all that testosterone.

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Alright, thanks for your replies, I am learning this myself. I'll talk to him to bringing to a trainer and as last resort to rehome Rex.
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Good move and good luck to all involved.
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